August 22 + 23 | Roulette | Brooklyn

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#Speech4Breakfast – Day 15

Grace Lee Boggs – “Building a Movement to Grow Our Souls”

Read by Jermaine Rowe

*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.

Over the last 60 years I have had the enormous privilege of participating in most of the great humanizing movements of the second half of the last century: labor, civil rights, black power, women’s, Asian American, environmental justice, antiwar. Each was a tremendously transformative experience, expanding my understanding of what it means to be an American and a human being, and challenging me to keep deepening my thinking about how to bring about radical social change. However, I cannot recall any previous period when the issues were so basic, so interconnected and so demanding of everyone living in this country, regardless of  race, ethnicity, class, gender, age  or national origin. Read More

#Speech4Breakfast – Day 12

Guante – “Dust”

Read by Miranda Cornell

*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.

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“Asked what the infant city was like, those first residents might have, with some justice, summed it up with one word — dust.” –Journalist Taro Katayama, writing about Utah’s Topaz internment camp. Read More

#Speech4Breakfast: Day 10

Chief Arvol Looking Horse – “Address at the Parliament of the World’s Religions”

Read by Joan Henry

*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, appointed at the age of 12, he is the youngest person to hold this responsibility. He is widely recognized as the spiritual leader of all three branches of the Sioux Tribe. This speech was given to the Spotlight of Indigenous People’s Plenary at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, an annual convening of the world’s religious and spiritual communities.

Matakeh oyasee apetuklee chate watche petusaplee.

It is the highest honor to be here. Are we having fun? We come from the heart of mother earth, chesappa, the black hills of South Dakota, there we do many ceremonies. This is where the White Buffalo Calf Woman brought the sacred pipe 19 generations ago. Every generation is over 100 years. That’s how old our elders were. They lived that long and today I am the 19th generation keeper of the Sacred Pipe. Read More

Jerry Goralnik’s Trip to Rehearsal

The day starts with some espresso.

Then I have to pick the hat to wear for the day.

Out the door onto the street in Brooklyn.

Past the vendors to the subway.

The 2 and 3 into rehearsal.

Listening to the sound files and following along with the music.

Out at 34th street.

Where I’m greeted by tour guides.

Down 34th street where I’m greeted by American advertising of the good life.

And pass by the real life.

Past 520 Eighth Ave. where a lot of us in the show go to audition for jobs.

To the corner of 37th Street where the rehearsal studio is.

Past some advertising for Coca-Cola, a company that funds death squads in countries where they get their raw materials.

Stopping in the grocery store to pick up something for lunch.

Where I meet one of my favorite people, Jake Margolin, another performer in the show.